In order to support communities across Massachusetts in conducting community clean energy initiatives, MassCEC has created the Solarize and HeatSmart Tool Kit. Our goal is to provide communities that are interested in running a Solarize or HeatSmart-styled campaign with resources and valuable information necessary to create their own clean energy adoption programs. We hope to harness the energy and motivations your town has to create lasting climate action. Resources will include materials to assist in community outreach, marketing, installer selection, campaign management, event planning, and campaign wrap-up and analysis.
MassCEC launched the Solarize and HeatSmart program model to increase the adoption of small scale solar electricity and clean heating and cooling technologies in participating communities. These grassroots educational campaigns were mainly driven by local volunteers to help simplify the process of installing clean energy systems by pre-vetting an installer and offering transparent pricing for homeowners. Although MassCEC was unable to offer funding for the Solarize and HeatSmart programs for fiscal year 2021, this tool kit will guide you step by step and help you utilize your existing assets to implement a campaign independently.
This toolkit was last updated on November 13th and is in the process of being developed. Check back next month for additional resources, and the complete version at the end of the year.
To check out past Solarize and HeatSmart campaigns visit Solarize Mass or HeatSmart Mass and click on the ‘Program Background’ section.